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There is an appointed time for everything; And in due season, all things pass under heaven. Ecclesiastics: 3 There is a rhyme and reason to God's universe; a time fore everything. That is the underlying theme in M. Louise Smith's debut inspirational mystery, An Appointed Time. But don't let the inspirational part dissuade you from reading this delightful new novel. At almost fifty, Madge Brown is beginning to experience empty-nest syndrome. Her oldest son, Geo, is away at college; 16-year-old Pam is heavily into her own life; new Chat Room friends consume her husband, George. She feels lonely, dumpy, and just plain bored. She can't remember the last time she wore makeup, had her hair fixed, or wore anything other than jeans and sneakers. To help get her out of her doldrums, she answers an ad for a local StarWay Beauty Products representative (a.k.a. Avon, Tupperware, or Amway), much to George's chagrin. A complete makeover gives her the confidence she needs to try and find herself---a term I personally despise. She even gives herself a nickname: Middy. With the help of rather aggressive StarWay district managers, she lands a lucrative route in the wealthy area of Denver, and the money begins pouring in. Not that she needs it. George has always taken excellent care of her and the children, even giving her an allowance. As she works her route, she rums into some interesting characters. Sam, the newly-arrived housewife and mother and her very sexy father; Alice and her alcoholic husband; Josie and her party-loving friends, and Boley Ryan, a non-heterosexual who deals drugs on the side. Middy develops a high-school crush on Sam's father, Cal, a private investigator who is relocating to Denver to be near his only child and grandchild. The two begin meeting for lunch and before long, Middy is working as his office assistance and carrying a gun. Now she not only has two jobs that keep her extremely busy. Her family begins to notice and feel abandoned. She adores playing Della Street to Cal's Perry Mason and refuses to give it, and her StarWay route, up. She works with Cal trying to locate the long-lost daughter of a deceased princess and in the process gets beaten up, shoots several people, and has a rollicking good time. An Appointed Time gets off to a slow start. M. Louise Smith spends too much time telling us how awful Madge/Middy feels in the novel's beginning. But don't give up on this debut book. Once she becomes entangled with Cal and begins the hunt for the long-lost princess, the good times roll. This work is rib-tickling funny!
Fiftyish Madge Brown has been a faithful dutiful spouse and mother. With her children leaving the nest, Madge reassesses her life and finds it unsatisfactory, as her family never appreciates her support to them. Madge accepts a job at Stairway Beauty Products. She turns herself into a beautiful swan, but sadly, neither her spouse nor her children take the time to notice. Fifty-something private investigator Calvin Cleare is the father of one of Madge's clients. After he and Madge meet, he offers her a part-time job that she accepts. Madge becomes an operator carrying a gun and involving herself in the cases. Her marriage officially ends when her husband informs Madge that he is moving to Florida to be with someone else he recently met. Madge knows this is the opportunity of a lifetime to start fully anew. Inspirational mysteries like AN APPOINTED TIME are uplifting and emotionally charged novels. By the end, the audience feels good and hopeful about themselves and their reading experience. This particular book is loaded with subplots that not only enhance the story line, but also sustains the reader's attention throughout the book. M. Louise Smith has created a wonderful heroine regaining the spirit of her life even as she encourages fans to do likewise. Harriet Klausner